A key for the identification of domestic bird bones in Europe; preliminary determination. (CD-ROM included).
A key for the identification of domestic bird bones in Europe; preliminary determination. (CD-ROM included)
Bochenski, Zbigniew M. and Teresa Tomek.
Inst. of Systematics & Evolution of Animal
During Neolithic times and later, humans in Europe domesticated some birds and hunted their wild relatives, and used both for food, material for tools and clothes, in rituals and ceremonies, and other purposes. Archaeologists today would like to distinguish between the wild and domesticated species, but the bones are very similar. Using photographs of bones in museum collections, along with clarifying text and drawings, Bochenski and Tomek provide a dichotomous key using all major skeletal elements of higher systematic units--orders, families, and genera--containing domesticated species of birds. The arrangement is by type of bone, such as coracoid, ulna, femor and tarsometatarsus. This general introduction will be followed by similar volumes focusing more narrowly on specific taxa. The accompanying disk also contains the images. There is no index.
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